The Last Great Race on Earth
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- Wilmette, Ill. : Films Inc.
Documents the 19./ia mearod Trail Race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Shows the 55 mushers as they participate in a 15 - day - long dogsled race of over 1,000 miles. Talks with leading contenders during the race.
- What. The first few the the. You have the dogs in you're always thinking and maybe even talking to the dogs are. You concentrating so much so that you don't really get lonely you you find yourself feeling that you're very small and such a huge area. You can go up a mountain ten units and you know you just you know it's just a speck compared to those mountains and the and then you have a sense of loneliness but it's I think it's more sense for smallness. You don't amount to anything compared to that land. If you lose. Six days ago the big city of the trails. McGrath It has a teeming population of five hundred. A store in which you can buy a chainsaw board and gauge when doing a heart is because Eskimo knows a prodigious thirst and McGuire one of the epic battles of the. It is in fact the last place the seven hundred mile well mannered big lead by and drink them all good. Carious of the masses tend to choose McGruff all Monk was for the twenty four hour a. C.N.N.. The old refreshment to Maguire as well. Opening ourselves measured in months. Has contributed considerably to idea to road trail room one man openly admits he lost two races right here. I can remember you know I've been trying to remember how I felt last year did I get to my grass and I don't remember it all and I don't know if I'm more tired or less tired when I came over and walking up the saving energy and you'd put a sawmill to shame I mean you really get me after their you know a little bit tired but you know now it hasn't been too much of a concern when you leave here you kind of want to know where the next driver is and how long since he left. McGrath a newbie Ted is twenty four and hold it right. Very true. We've just been checking a lot of that right now and I would watch you can get a lot of good information great information in that context means getting the lowdown on the pen in strategy among the front runners has a great deal of she came during some just put down their glasses and slip out of town to catch those buttons napping. Frick Mickey still too many problems for sleep I don't know I've got some good news for the day they won't be. Doing too good. Tried everything. Deal me fever me horse me you can cakes. I don't know what it is. Lot of guys are having trouble this year when I have to take a look out on them give them a shot of be complex. Visionary supervision. Of the race is intense. Felt a need to deal his reasons but to counter the criticism of some animal lovers who see the race has proved. A lot of the dogs their lawn fluids if perhaps they have diarrhea they're losing a lot of water soluble vitamins be complex is one of that group and we try to replace it also be twelve as an appetite and thirst stimulator to a certain extent seems like this may not entirely allays sense and suspicions but it's fact that new dog is pushed beyond its limits I suppose there are some that would have jacked anything that we're doing here US isn't based on a medical or a physiological principle I suppose that the question that might be raised is whether or not the dog is being pushed too hard if this needs to be done. And this case this particular team I don't think that's the case the dogs had the misfortune to get ill and were trying to help him out of it I'm still not too far behind Yeah just been China hold. Hold up close enough so when I do get the dogs going I think it's right up. If you lose a few hours each day on the skin to hurt another week or so I'll be way behind. And. I was. Going on and on. It's ear that newcomers begin to understand the immensity of grace as they leave McGraw says still not offer a four hundred forty five miles go on six hundred ninety six to go ona unprotected by the Alaska ranges they had fried bitter wrote a constant with produces a chill factor the drinks the temperatures still though. One to Toronto in the year in one thousand new sets the Tanakh commemorated by the last great race on us was then populated by three thousand desperate men who came on the rumor that this was Eldorado but the gold run a some left some dying and that Tom died with them. Today I did her own has a population of six a trapper and his family but a brief scene creases when the race comes officials set up that tends to check on the halfway placing. The first man in his job. Make. Maisie leading all the way from Langridge and arrives with a very good question. What nearly every. Last thing you know. But have you enjoyed. But that it's nasty if they're behind me. Get nasty coming down else under eighty eight else on I.C.L.. Out her hand I have a guitar more storyboarding go may end of the fourteen twenty two first margarine and we have not nobody else having shown yet we're still looking at expecting somebody momentarily goes incidentally not a movie did God he's spending the night here and I did or Bunning spent the night you've done all the channel was a little hard to find inflated but not too bad at this my first I'm going to here and I just stopped breathing when you lose. Failed when you start breathing you know your finest. It. Don't sleep out last night by choice. Sleep because after what I mean it's just I don't know I am and I were talking about it there's nothing else to do and in this time of the year. You know what else is there no ministers we've gotten so much it's part of our life. You know and what else would you just like you used to going on holiday in August or something. Well people in Alaska are crazy anyway. Without water that proving Yeah it sure helped out one little dog that we did it too I used her and lead all day yesterday she felt so dang good boy she just wanted to go go go. It's for a good way to get water and of. When a hundred thirty five miles in them. Well really without any real red stuff that one dog that came forty miles on just three legs he she injured a ligament and that some of the traffic her here but she ran the whole way still pulling in harness was pretty cold it was probably as much as forty five degrees below the freezing point and with the wind blowing like it was weird Bobby thirty mile wind of times play to be as much as maybe seventy five believe it was when factor fall cold on hand when you take your that involve to like a book and old Any Masha is only as good as the feet of his dogs and with vicious winds now scouring the snow of some points of the trail. Huskies feet need protection. Well I want to. Keep these. Happy as I can and there he gets sold or. It cut up by the eyes sometimes and. You get sore feet they just don't feel so the they want to go anywhere. I know how they feel on a sore foot too funny. Who's got a study of babies with an inch of bad. Compared to use in the past when we had that ninety five show factoring problems are or. Here on a hang up a couple days because I'm so problem no trials. Well we have a nice weather gone I think I don't know what the otherwise you're saying. It has a has this power sometimes in the race it's with your helicopter could come just crack you up and get you out of there you know when the thought goes through your mind. Accord were doing here. I'm. The only developed ending brings out the children for whom this week school was an afterthought to welcome a smash into what the ads on in the Bells fails Ditto for by here on the banks of the you've got six hundred thirty miles past on five hundred dollars than the gaps between the teams of Ebeling from the spirit of. Field between front runners back markers of this today it is now two hundred fifty a month some are five days behind three of the fifty five teams of dropped out of pricks Winston as promised as always is off with the leaders met every. One here Poll Sartor fix go to hell on earth. At any point in the race the real stars all the stages half a hundred weight of loyalty and on questioning brave. Petty friendlies and Big Brother see a rhyme to model the out of control. She's two days behind. The night I left checkpoint at three o'clock in the morning hoping to get a nice early start and I for other people for losses of six thirty it's just circling round and round and round. It's really hard of the dogs too because it was deep snow. I'm going to be anywhere near the front I better fly right now. And so to the Yukon a mile wide giant paralyzed by ice. This whole stretches one hundred thirty flat miles north the tween infect dogs a full in the sleep they rent and strange inexplicable visions of come to men too exhausted to remember the words the loose and they. Were. The Bering Sea this year. Remarkably unfroze. Our current seven fifty kept. Them you know. The clique around the rim of the north and sun it's a two hundred seventeen miles Chris to the thing if you're not happily does now you have no chance. To go and the big question how long a stake. Through her don't have any is telling a lie. Now everyone lies about is next intention. Emmett features a laconic but serious contender is winning time four years ago just on the fourteen day in fifteen hours is still the all time record for me but this year he's not getting away. Sunny Lynn is right behind him for this last part. Yeah how's your dogs doing good old enough for a good question. A longer stay. OK good. Lynn gives nothing away the next man in is remarkable in one thousand nine hundred seventy one thousand nine hundred seventy eight after eleven hundred miles he lost by exactly one second the hardest man in the race. Bricks went. Very. Rarely see your hour and forty eight minutes behind. Only an amateur and Leonard rescue out of the game is going to three represent each other only ever learn her M. and honing only ever enter aren't fifty minutes ago. Next day one hundred sixty five miles to go to lead his team. It's now Sunny Linda the Eskimo waiting station and shake to hear the average where the full cost. Sounds like science fiction the wind sweet straight in from Siberia at forty miles an hour. It produces a chill factor the turns minus fifty. Into an effective Fahrenheit temperature of one hundred twenty police a man could lose his ears simply by taking his cattle. OK how long you going to station with all five or six hours and did you see anybody behind you from the mountains as you and Don left together I guess for Fox morning. Well sorry we left about same time I didn't see him. OK swears it was just kind of the rich and at long last bridge. He's least now. You have the problems of the trails No I was fine in the way I mean look for you know he had dumped. All the dogs for change that individual to deride towing a down here and when you have a drop in it now. OK Well get him out of the way and another gets arrested. OK Can you tell us that generous once and in the league for sure. Ellen image is really wasn't ready and then there's a thirty way down there. At that seminar right. Swenson red on its tail. Litters just about good here about two hours ago he did better in the league for ever was horny straight friends were rightly that he left same time you guys are kind of his behind if. You drop two dogs a unit leader Harlow crippled up in Iran was a pole and with this problem by going to our home and they are right and I'm right now I know that nobody else ride. You get about two hours. Behind litter that doesn't bother you too much. Well I snuck out of town that Lego them but I got out of there when I did yeah. Lynn not gamble choose to our lead on sleep but it cost him dearly in the chaos onside the weather blogs on movement which when. It's in this wasn't the brunt of one of those make the break. Linda loses his lead pony loses his way sit on the night in the snow today. It's left to Peters and Swensen so fronted up when. We share our friends free to know the end of a dog race Further them from London to write. Was doubled from three thousand to six as people who fly and folks finish that will come on headlines across the width of Alaska the answer is coming out of them. THANK YOU THANK THE thank the wrap you. Thanks. When the hunter in fifteen days ten or thirty seven minutes forty seven percent the first man to win points. Thank you thank you. Well it. Was it was the best. Art that are out right up and it was best whether we had the best travel conditions and I just I didn't have any trouble and like to mention this that there's little storms at the end kind of once again prove the point that you can't monkey if you want to win you better be up front. Rick Swenson is twenty eight. University claims he read Jinan when he won six times in two thousand but you know the first woman home same nineteen got next to nothing but the I didn't want trail is no longer a band go or even when it's about surviving and reaching the end of the loneliest room it was nine days later when the very last man came in. You home eat a show you. Well. I'm. Sure. The long or. The the and. It is an infinitely lonely place this graveyard of the men who came for go Jack London called it in a sentence on the evening of the sixth day gone just tipped his Barrios sideways and thus was born. Alaska. Eighty years on from the Gold Rush the descendants of its hardiest heroes are still running the hostages each year they throw themselves into the last great race on an averaging five thousand strides to them up if they cross Alaska in the depths of winter to the point where America is separated from the Soviet Union by only thirty one miles of pack ice and suspicion. They follow the I did or on trail one thousand one hundred forty one miles of snow mountain ranges wild animals the creaking joints of go stands and temperatures below the comprehension of a been man. They didn't know fifteen twenty thirty days off to sitting on from Anchorage. Aaton then energy to all men. Transit passengers on the pilot jets first duty but the thing. Is I. Think if we really encourage is host to some of the world's most remarkable adventure sled dog drivers like Susan Butcher twenty three in racing is the second time. Joe readings in the sixty's one hundred list among the fifty five stuff is going into the drool is Rick Mackie song of last years when. Your reading done seen your father of the editor odd rule number ten. One of the women running in this race. Betty What number did you drop forty three. You're kind of getting a quarterback and for a starter aren't you. Would you have rather got up or they're going to find I would have been think watching don't change that's right I. Want to knock a strong deal deal is constant medical supervision not for the drivers since much of a minute ago as Britain's and difference for the human species but for the dogs. Miles you got almost of all costs. We have the authority to point is dogs we see obviously sick or have some gravel problem here we can scratch them here rather than having them taken on the trail after he pulled down the problem somewhere else it's a pretty tough event they're going almost eleven hundred miles some of these mushrooms are average young seventy to eighty miles a day are running twelve fourteen sixteen hours a day. Probably the most common problem we see is. Feet irritated. Probably second pass that would be. Diarrhea and dehydration. The Huskies seem quite capable of taking care of themselves it's the drive us the mush is well worn by last year's when a Dick McCabe and as far as I'm concerned I got just one more thing to say and that's stressing once again take it easy on the trail and get her we don't want anybody out there. Smashing up themselves or anything else. Most of you I don't think have any idea of how hard that is like a piece aren't up in the past it's selfish nothing but when blown chops tough on sled runners dogs and drivers like. Watch out for all a moose there's a lot of moose out there. Leaving Anchorage. Started milk a ballpark a ten o'clock in the morning. Leave it to minute intervals the same as we always have it be fixed arch on this in just find your number on the fan. Progress. There's nothing to compare with the start of an idea to road race putting out of Anchorage which fifty five mushers and eight hundred dogs were about to do is like sliding off the edge of the blue if you're not nervous you will fool the dangers around you here have a new dimension that is surface ice on a little too which you can fool and be dead in five minutes. Many nights when you must sleep in the open in temperatures which it be known to hold one hundred degrees below freezing the wound was on the loose this paroch of his it is to kill you. We'll dogs it's wise to be on. Them either. Taking. We're going to shall speak a lot of moose on the trail this year for the stuff. His race tactics very Emmett pitas and as a basket Indian Well if I think every much a has their own strategy. I rather be in and the bad stretch to middle part of the middle part of the relation of far as a warning I don't want to take a commanding lead or anything like that like peaches Rick Swenson them sweetest to send his another X. when a well you want to stay in the front you know in the front bunch and pretty much it don't you want to save your dogs as much as possible of course you don't want to break any more trail then you have to but it's only fair that you break some you know it's you can expect one guy to do it on. The I did throughout his to Alaskans going to codify losses to the friction as the chaos. Inseparable from any big schooling event and we hear your life's going to bend on leaving nothing behind. To set the pace for dogs are here to be done. Oh I'm not talking. Even the husky soon nobility as little to the pedigree books feel the tension I don't get Never though because I know I'm going to convey that nervousness to them that I have and you can you can try to control if you don't you just post and so once the mob drama stuff integrated Governor Scott Alright then I'll step in and I feel like at this point the Dons yours ready is there going to be. They've gone two thousand miles of training I'm as ready as I'm going to be I mean I'm sure there are other things we can do that is no different than those we remain or. My. Right. To our next morning thank you. Thank you. Hoskins have no human rights on complainingly they give users like early on that song was sung for the passenger has to writing misled us human balance. Having to drop the line Don't. Make sure who's on the side. Johnny put. In it. You know what all of. Your own for your second campaign kept this time are correct. And I don't know I hope I can last best I've ever had while we like a lot a lot break and when you've got one minute the starting time I'm not going bother you like your lining up your doubt think a lot so lucky you're right one John Kerry. Five zero The rainy Hello. What's one little boy while incentive look at it in the N.F.L. game already containing a home made only you know what Joe Reddington there's always the kind of send off that the producers of food water and among other things Redington and sleep under the on Twitter or great day talking to build up. By a loon. Three. Yet they. Are nice now I can go thirty little making every Riley. He says. Your main problems. Says get now it's really scares most drivers have to death because you competing with teams that you don't know their capabilities and how their dogs are going to interfere with your zone and you've got all the traffic in the crowds and. The dogs ago and for blast it's very difficult to slow them down to a pace that you would like from the slowing down so that they won't just hope it's. Called the families and friends who come to say goodbye and it's not quite the same ascending a man also negotiate a geisha frozen merely standing by their tongues they can only wonder what billows men from the comforts of their homes into an Indian Country in minutes in one. Line why do they do it. Jack London never meant to use a thousand words with five would do. Diagnosed it is the call of the was the face is right it is released rapid or less good songs can reduce an answer that call has long ago was World War two Then he was R.P.M. mushing on donkey risk to risk you American F. was products of crashed in the snow. I'm feeling more planes to of all places. Moscow. Well I always read a lot of Jack London stories about Alaska and I wanted to come to Alaska for many years before it came so far right after the war I packed up and brought seven dollars with me and came to Alaska I can remember when every house in the villages had a dog team behind them and they grew up with the kids and they just practically part of the family and he went on I did a rod we eat with them we sleep little man we love him very dearly and without the husband we couldn't do anything. For one of the kindest nicest dollars are is are very poor watchdog. Probably worth one hundred fifty dollars got here or there might not be one even bark if you come in and night will be glad to see you in the you know they were people from I love to work what the goat Susan Bush's dogs Lewis pleased to see Susan Butcher will see tools of the rich industrialist doing the and I like the you know side I can't stand being inside and so that's a lot of it I like animals. That's the main thing I've worked with animal since I was after day all that's been my whole life and particularly dogs and I just love my dogs I if I'm not running tomorrow here playing with them playing in the pub so it to it's me perfect to be outside let's. Say I did or I guess you country you've got all the way from here to Gnome to see and it's beautiful and there's caribou moose out there and everything and so it's all very joyful. Further. It is mildly dog TEKLA. And I got her once she was a little puppy and she was a natural born leader I started her in lead the first time she ever went in harness when she was four months old and I live down more than where I had to haul all my own wooden water and I had three sleds one water slide one would flatten one training flight already never had a hard time or if I put the would flood behind her she goes straight to the woodpile and if I put the water sled behind her she go to the water hole and and then if I put the trainees lets you go off down the trail so she's just a real natural it two years old she would always remain courage to know women single lead and which is a lot of pressure on a doll. Back only I get to run trail twenty four hours have elapsed from the leaders who preach with population of these big enough to hold a long at. The hospital who could eat of Pekinese was casually is enough tradesman's can sleep through anything. Alaska is the land of the to flame family the aspace over the early checkpoints so the trails has always tried to deceive the leader for live put them in the sciences will fly home and leave the trails of the professional book five. Trying to get some water in the models good overfed I'm a little bit first time got a little tired when you. Write a lot of. Interesting had a dog on this race for drink clear lot of those wrinkles little. Drink sleep for players water. Just fine lottery very similar. True slime ones are better than I was last year here on a bomb got no hits trouble. Lame dogs. Yeah I think so. And Lisa and dropped to two great days maybe I mean I don't know if a level of drop one I might have to up to. Lake of the ceiling we took off there that when blown off all that and the dogs. They grip for their toenails will you cut them off so they don't get ripped off you know you trauma case unlike him a grip and so hard to get caught and little ice crevasse or something and bust the back a little that is like to get your fingernail riff and so it can be a little little soul or unfortunately it does lead dog vodka navigate to and driving force who's the trouble well as long as he keeps going it's OK if it turns into a problem it's a real setback because there's your team right there. The rest the rest of I'm a supply the power but they won't go unless he's there and he said the speed that there is the fact. Without the play The ideas are old race couldn't happen. Bush planets like Larry Thompson though that too and live sicko injured dogs thanks to Anchorage to drop food into remote spaces to think the occasional risky of. Wellstone and where we're going to get out in these areas is either gone to a more aircraft and. There's been cases where snow machine just tried to keep up with the dogs and can do it and so that's sort of weighed week we can cover the trail is by air. There are no roads. Through I've had as high as twenty three dogs here trying this but we've had a good enough given even give me dark skin one can make Christmas our narrative we carry around a dozen fifteen dogs to low. Here in this election by the bones of the adventure the panhandle the fortune the sea who attempted to find their way through. Going soft of thought to the golden You called the turn of the century. But the idea to roads is only in for a commemoration of their own job it's also a celebration. Pioneering spirit that remains fans still line from the people of Alaska. The actual running race I'd like to think. Complexion like the last cooling light. And relates to a way of life that you press which were born used in the parliament and we are going to run makes. Us going. This year. Pretty good trick point finger lake two days one hundred ninety four miles go yet leave cold for humans it's still not cold enough for the dogs prefer it to around fifty below freezing it's an asterisk before they whole Rick makee up into the Alaska Range. They go a lot better at night like last night hours flat moving. Just say over here. Worst time that it takes more out of the dogs they get dehydrated. It's as any rest better in the sun so it's a good one us you know finds a nice sunny spot and just can't for about four hours and let them soak up the sunshine. Move out after dark it's time to has a lot harder on a musher after dark like I got here last night. With a day. Stack felt like a poke mile but. I don't like to treat my headlights on too much riches and if there's another guy coming up behind your son he knows right where you're adding Paul Yeah. I thought I was doing that another guy last night he kept his. He didn't even know I was there. I get one female young dog gets. She came in he just a little before the race and every time my team stops they turn right around come right back. I hand off with some really fine thing is out there. No no no. Hello hello there. I make it up out of the ground meat and honey in lot of vitamins and a baby and I just knock them that's tied cold and then I'm going to move on down the trail a ways before I go ahead and feed them if they're makes the. Most stays head will be brief in the live blog cabins along the trail of visitors who about his frequent was Father Christmas so they live a shoe with time those talk and food she said that look that yes in any way. Oh macaroni let him and he said every faith that I don't think it's not difficult as the temperatures plunge on signed to succumb to the blandishments of home cooking in a bit. Despite the fierce competition lose among mushers a strong come around or a born of danger shift like I'm the I'm not getting as much pleased to. Hear he's not first time it. Seems like. You get very tired of specially the wind and the. But you can color but then when you have to get in the sled and sleep at night and get up in it and still be in it the next morning it weighs you down. You wear down physically but I think you wear down mentally more than anything else. Site. To Father Shia conditions a hobby more severe than the European winter which is given the race a very fun stuff. Put ready poss lies ahead and absurdly inappropriate name for a geological phones that slashes through. The tarring Alaska rate in past races it is proved a blizzard swept wind tunnel which compelled men and dogs to begin and City dot others have become hopelessly lost. When. You. Run through the pipes the weather holds but there's not a mushroom unaware of a story like Normanville Bloom says his apprenticeship was sled dogs on at full bird's nine hundred twenty eight expedition to Antarctica. Three years ago. Eight seventy two he took part in the idea to wrote about here in blinding snow. He took a wrong turn and a search party found him just in time. Five days late he's starving dogs and eat now harness on was in the late stages of hypothermia. The if. You live. The. In the US. The you. After the long pillaging whole of the Alaska Range. Many choose to arrest him criminal settlement. North of the imagination. Each team bank competition rules is required to pull off the trail at some point of their journey to complete twenty four on break to refresh their dog. Defeat these guys like baby you. Did it to get to live in a big company wanted it. They're tired. You know some people are taking their twenty four hour layover. Probably a good idea I'm going to go to McGrath.
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